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Friday, 19 March 2021 15:31

Navigating the Speedbumps of Remote Working: A Guide

By Guest Writer

Guest Opinion: Working remotely can bring your business a lot of benefits such as reducing costs, increasing productivity, access to a larger talent pool, improved disaster preparedness and an increase in employee morale, as well as lowering the carbon footprint of your company.

However, despite all these benefits, there are some speed bumps that you and your team may encounter. These hurdles can cause some frustration in the beginning, but with the right approach, you can ensure that you get the full benefit from working remotely.

When it comes to running a remote business, you need to ensure that you use the right tools to streamline your business processes and maintain clear lines of communication with your customers and your clients. Having the right systems in place will allow your business to operate seamlessly moving forward and help you to overcome some of the common pitfalls that many businesses first experience when they switch to a remote setup.

Let’s take a look at some of the challenges that remote working can present for business owners. 

Managing Staff Schedules

When you are working in close proximity to your staff every day, it’s easy to manage requests for time off, roster changes and allocated work hours. When you are working remotely, on the other hand, it can be much more challenging to manage multiple communications containing varying requests. To make the process of managing your staff schedules more straightforward try a smart rostering tool. With this technology, you can streamline your staff rostering process, saving you time, money and hassle each week.

Communicating With Staff

Effective communication is always at the core of every successful business. To ensure that you and your team are working in sync and towards the same goal, you need to have an effective communications platform in place. Be sure to set clear expectations in terms of how often you want updates from your team or how regularly you will call to check in on their progress. Keeping open lines of communications with your staff will also allow you to gain valuable feedback from your team that you can use to improve the remote work experience moving forward.

Project Management

Many businesses work on multiple projects simultaneously that require different skill sets and applications. Staying on track with your project milestones can be a challenge when your team is working remotely. To keep your projects on course, consider using a cloud-based project management tool. These tools allow you and your team to log in from anywhere in the world, at any time, and access any data, files and documents that they might need. You can also collaborate on projects with ease, share ideas, send files and set milestones for you and your team to work towards.

Building Company Culture

Creating a positive, motivating and inspiring company culture will help your employees to feel valued and be more productive in their roles. Establishing a company culture when you are working remotely can be challenging, however, with a little creativity, you can ensure you create a positive work environment for your team. Host weekly events on Zoom, celebrate staff birthdays, acknowledge achievements and build a company culture that will motivate your team to succeed in their roles within your organisation.

Overcome The Challenges Of Working Remotely Going Forward

If you have been struggling with working remotely, it’s important to step back and see where the issues lie. Often the right online business tool or improving communications with your staff can make a significant difference. Identifying where the speed bumps are on your remote working journey will allow you to put systems and strategies in place to navigate these challenges successfully and move your business forward with confidence.


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